Three people escaped a house fire in Eastbourne today (December 5).

It broke out at 11am in Smugglers’ Cottage, Went Way, East Dean, near Eastbourne.

At East Sussex Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said there was a fire on the ground floor of a house.

Two breathing apparatus were used.

A hose reel and thermal imaging camera were used.

She added: “There were three casualties suffering from smoke inhalation and one taken to hospital.

“A fire investigation officer is at the scene.”

Crews remain at the scene.

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